Think about what you will use the conservatory for. Will you be using it as a dining room, a living room, children's play area or other use? This has implications on the requirements needed and how often you will be using the room, If the room will be used on a regular basis you may need to think about heating and ventilation. Ventilation is extremely important in the summer months as conservatories can become very warm, so consider vents in the roof or windows that open. You could also consider blinds for the conservatory that will keep the room cool in summer and warm in winter. Of course, all these options add to the cost of the design.
Other research that is important is to check out conservatory companies. If you do not have personal recommendation, check out online reviews and get some comparison quotes on a like for like basis.
Most people will want the design of the conservatory to complement their home so that needs to be taken into account when planning. Will your conservatory be more traditional in design such as an Edwardian or Victorian style or will it be more sleek and modern? A lean to conservatory is one of the simplest and cheapest designs with a single sloped roof with a longer wall adjoined to the house.
If you have a limited budget you may want to consider one of the many styles of DIY conservatories over a bespoke conservatory. Installing a conservatory yourself is the most cost effective route but does take time and skill. Other options could be to employ a building company to install the conservatory and construct the base. A bespoke conservatory will give you the freedom to design what you want within reason but has obvious cost implications.
Adding a conservatory to a house is generally considered to be a permitted development but you should always check the building regulations for your area. You don't want to run foul of planning and then have to demolish the lot. There are some rules that are widespread, for example you won't be allowed to plan a conservatory higher than the roof.
It's also important to consider your neighbours as you don't want to build a conservatory that will block their views and have a potential legal battle on your hands.
Having a conservatory installed can cause disruption to your routine and home life. The time takes will depend on a manner of things such as if you are having in installed or if you are installing the conservatory yourself.
If you are having the conservatory installed for you, ask the company for an estimation on installation time. Obviously, this will depend on the size of the conservatory, and also whether you are having heating, lighting and other extras installed. allow 12 weeks to be on the safe side.
One of the most important considerations I have left to last is budget. This is because you may have a budget in mind but until you do your research on design, your requirements and potential costs then you cannot really tell how much it will cost.
You also have to budget for hidden extras such as heating, ventilation, blinds, workmen, furniture and furnishings and don't forget to build in a contingency budget if something unexpected happens.
Tell me, have you ever considered a conservatory?